I went to a play the other day. I was really excited for it. It was "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail". It was very interesting. The main idea of the first act of the play was to introduce the audience to the writings of Henry David Thoreau. It did a somewht jejune job of it but it was still very good. They introduced his writing in the form of him teaching school around Concord.

The second act...and intermittantly in the fist... was to present how Thoreau wrote his "Civil Disobedience". The idea was that the night he spent in jail he meet a man who helped him to recollect much of the actions that led to him being imprisoned...it was for non-payment of taxes due to his disbelief in the Mexican-American War and his objections to slavery.

To say the least it was very interesting. It presented the brilliance of Thoreau's writing in a way that most people will be able to understand the true brilliance or at least will bring them to a point where they will be able to understand a simplistic version, however somewhat misguided, of his writings.

I would highly suggest if you get a minute or two you check this one out.

 


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